Fifth Grade

Welcome to the Fifth Grade Team

The Fifth Grade Team includes:

Toni Gelston

Toni Gelston

Hi. My name is Toni Gelston. I’m originally from Mississippi, but I’ve lived in Arlington for nearly 40 years. This year I was finally promoted to fifth grade, after teaching fourth grade for more than 20 years. This year I’m teaching reading, writing and social studies. When I’m not teaching, I love to travel, read, cook and cheer for the Nats with my husband. Fun fact: Both my kids attended Barcroft before I started teaching here.

Kathryn White

Kathryn White

My name is Kathryn White. I am originally from Richmond, VA. I went to Virginia Tech (Go HOKIES!!) for undergrad and moved to Arlington when I was working on my master’s degree in 2008. This is my 10th year of teaching. I have taught pre-K, 1st grade, and 5th grade at three different APS schools. When I’m not at Barcroft I enjoy exploring the beautiful National Parks with Ms. Everdale, taking my dogs on long walks, and spending time with my friends and family.

Jaclyn Welsh

Jaclyn Welsh

Cindy Edwards

Cindy Edwards
Special Education Teacher

My name is Cindy Edwards. I am originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have lived in Michigan, Florida, Georgia and Virginia. I have been at Barcroft for 17 years. My favorite things to do are, to travel, read, swim and garden.

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Fifth Grade Theme:  Systems

Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
1st Quarter
  • Conflict & Resolution
  • Using Story Structure
  • Character Motives
  • Unit 1, Addition & Subtraction of large numbers
  • Unit 3, Multiplication & Division
  • Scientific Method,
  • Organisms & Cells
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
2nd Quarter Theme

  • Asking Questions
  • Unit 4, Fractions
  • Unit 5, Circles/3D Geometry
  • Unit 6
  • Earth’s Surface
  • Rocks
  • Old and New Stone Ages
  • The Fertile Crescent
3rd Quarter
  • Make Inferences
  • Story Structure
  • Main Idea & Details
  • Unit 6 Fractions, Percents, & Decimals
  • Unit 7, Multiplication & Division
  • Oceans, Sound, Light
  • Early Egypt
  • Early China
4th Quarter
  • Matter,
  • 4th Grade Science Review
  • Mesoamerica
  • Early Middle Ages

Robust Vocabulary

Theme One

1)  Rope Burn:  humiliation, expectations, fringes, hesitating, sincere, coaxed
2)  Line Drive:  maven, mortified, reigned, conceited, designated, smirk, exhilarated
3)  Chang and the Bamboo Flute:  pried, desperately, sneered, indignantly, urgently, grudgingly
4)  The Daring Nellie Bly:  relented, faze, eccentric, infuriated, disheartened, impassable, crusaded
5) It Takes Talent:  genial, prognostication, stricken, dramatically, restrain, protest, feverishly, overcome, flop, spectacular

Theme Four

16)  The School Story:  tempted, insights, essence, indication, proposed, instinct, baffled
17)  Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street:  hiatus, embarked, unimaginable, extravagant, gourmet, throng, precarious
18)  Project Mulberry:  compartments, swayed, phobia, invasion, vetoed, wispy
19)  Inventing the Future:  tendency, feat, irrepressible, prestigious, device, industry
20)  Invention Convention:  scours, appropriate, practical, portable, circulate, protrude, boisterous, deduction, fickle, measly

Theme Two

6)  The Night of San Juan:  wistful, grateful, grim, raspy, swarmed, revelers, irresistible
7)  When the Circus Came to Town:  fret, assured, nudged, outlandish, ruckus, proclaimed
8)  When Washington Crossed the Delaware:  crucial, crisis, maneuvered, perseverance, encountered, persuading, appealed, destiny
9)  Leonardo’s Horse:  scholars, specialized, gesture, envisioned, proportion, resisted
10)  The Secret Ingredient:  eminent, charity, modest, disgruntled, inadequate, aghast, dismayed, amends, absentminded, concoction

Theme Five

21)  Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles:  basking, sleek, vital, damage, analyzing, detect
22)  The Power of W.O.W!:  somberly, stammers, monopolize, deflated, enraptured, enterprising, cumbersome
23)  Any Small Goodness:  gouges, desolate, bustles, fervor, immaculate, assuage
24)  Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride:  excursions, giddy, pinnacle, gleeful, panic, turbulent, precious
25)  The Compassion Campaign: loathe, altruism, bland, mentor, sensibility, advocacy, dilapidated, mistreated, coordination, compassionate

Theme Three

11)  Sailing Home: A Story of a Childhood at Sea:  inflammable, dignified, rowdy, seldom, conducted, shatter, broached
12)  Ultimate Field Trip 3: Wading Into Marine Biology:  adjust, residents, specimens, recoil, pesky, debris, internal
13)  Stormalong:  bellowing, outcast, reputation, betrayed, yearning, withered,  escapades, unfathomable
14)  A Drop of Water:  elongates, elastic, rigid, accumulate, underlying, intricate, vanish, replenishing
15)  How Prairie Became Ocean:  recount, uninhabitable, sustain, monotonous,  endeavor, dwell, brimming, teeming, parched, sorrowful

Theme Six

26) Lewis and Clark:  asset, esteem, intently, profusely, ordeal, terrain, dismal,    peril
27)  Klondike Kate:  remote, grueling, isolated, laden, appalled, invest, floundered
28)  The Top of the World: Climbing Mt. Everest:  summit, accustomed, secure, essential, streamlined, acclimate
29)  The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon:  ignited, squinting, jettisoned, tranquility, cramped, potentially
30)  Exploring the Gulf Coast:  poised, earnestly, insufficient, exceptional, achievement, bickering, equivalent, regal, customary, provoke